I’m not quite sure how to start this post… I think I’m still in shock that my friends and family were able to pull this off. I have never in my entire life (31, almost 32 years) been surprised. Never. Not once. I have always either figured it out, or I’ve been forewarned by a well intention-ed informant. Seriously. Never. I cannot tell you how shocked I was and how much love I felt in the moment I realized what was going on. I think this picture speaks volumes:
I instantly burst into tears. Tears of shock and tears of sheer happiness. I don’t think I’ve felt anything like it before in my life.
Baby girl!!! You were gifted with the most beautiful surprise baby shower a girl could ever ask for! Pink and white everywhere!! Tulle draped ceilings, frilly ruffle cake and nail polish shower gifts for the guests, just to name a few things! It was absolute perfection! I would have never planned something so beautiful for myself, but my closest friends (with the help of your Daddy!) love you so much already that they did all of this for you and me. I’m still in disbelief and will never forget what they did for us. I am so happy that you have so many people who love you and care for you already and I can’t wait for you to meet them all and love them too!
So how did they pull it off? I guess I shouldn’t be too shocked… with the big move to the new ranch, huge changes at work, focusing on this pregnancy and all around mommy/prego brain, I can see how I’ve been a bit distracted haha. One thing you’ll learn about me, is that I tend to over extend myself. I’m not quite sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing…or just a thing. I’m leaning toward just a thing, ha! On top of being a mommy to your big sis, working full time M-F, operating my photography business at night and on weekends, playing housekeeper/chef/wife and trying to keep my sanity (ha!), I also try to carve out some time to re-connect with friends…especially mommy friends. It’s so necessary. Being a mommy is one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet, but it can get overwhelming! It’s nice to be able to connect with other mommies who understand, and if nothing else, can lend an ear, share a cry, or even just listen. They don’t care if our house is a mess. So is theirs. They don’t care if I haven’t washed my hair in 4 days, it’s been a week for them. They don’t care if your big sister throws a massive meltdown in the middle of the living room. They don’t even hear stuff like that anymore and would never judge us. It’s so important to have those relationships that will support you and love you and remind you that you are okay and you’re doing an amazing job juggling everything. I truly feel refreshed when I’m able to make some time to nourish these relationships and spend time with these amazing women. So once a year we try to get together for an event called Ladies and Babies. It’s a wonderful time where we gather, let the babies play, and the mommies can re-connect with one another. Sometimes it’s super hectic, but in the end, it’s always worth it to be able to just see these beautiful women and feel like we are all part of the same community.
Well, on Sunday June 1, 2014 we had our third annual Ladies and Babies event planned. The weeks leading up to it were seriously some of the most stressful I’ve endured in a long while, but I was really looking forward to spending a few hours with some great friends and forgetting all about the stresses of life. Well, when I walked in boy was I in for a surprise! The surprise of a lifetime!
Look at that expression! HAHAHA! I’m in total shock…uncertainty. Wait, what? Your Mama Lish (KC) got it on video and I believe my exact words were “Woah.” Really? That’s what I could muster in that moment? ::snicker::
Here are some cell phone pictures from the day. I will have good pictures that were taken on a real camera soon so we can always treasure what an amazing day it was!
P.S. Your Mama Lish and your Auntie Dani (TKN) were the masterminds behind this little surprise and I love them so much for it. They made it all possible and gave us a gift we will NEVER forget!! Oh and your Nana drove all the way down from her house (3 hours!!) to come and be a part of it too! I told you that you are SO loved!!
You are already so so so loved and wanted my baby bean! Just hang in there for at least a few more weeks so we can get all moved in and ready for you to join our family! Plus, I’m still not ready to share you!! (I have a serious sharing problem when it comes to you! haha)
I LOVE YOU! Happy surprise shower and celebration my love!